TV stars who have tried 'normal' jobs away from the spotlight

Lots of celebs have tried something different

British actor Nitin Ganatra arrives for the Inside Soap awards, held in central London, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. (Photo by John Phillips Invision/AP Images)
Nitin Ganatra made his name in EastEnders. (Invision/AP Images)

EastEnders star Nitin Ganatra has revealed that he is working in his family shop after finding fame in Walford.

The actor starred as postman Masood Ahmed for 12 years but left in 2019.

He is now helping out in his family’s newsagents while still working as an actor.

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He told The Sun: “People do double takes when I'm there helping my brother with the papers at 4.30 in the morning, and especially working in the shop. It's a bit bizarre.

“But it’s my family's business, so why would I not help out?”

Ganatra is not the only TV star to go on to have a ‘normal’ job.

Lee MacDonald

 Terry (LEE MACDONALD) - (BBC - Photographer: Jack Barnes)
Lee MacDonald returned to television in EastEnders. (BBC/Jack Barnes)

MacDonald is best known for playing Zammo in Grange Hill in the 80s and occasionally still pops up on TV.

But in recent years he has also been focused on his role as a locksmith.

He bought the business in Surrey in 2000 and has had it ever since.

And he has said that his role as Zammo, who was at the centre of a huge drugs storyline, has helped when it comes to finding business.

Glyn Wise

LONDON - AUGUST 18:  Glyn Wise is evicted from the Big Brother House in second place during the final of Big Brother Seven on August 18, 2006 in London, England.  (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Glyn Wise came second place in Big Brother Seven in 2006. (Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Wise found fame as a contestant on Big Brother in 2006 but went on to become a priest.

Last year Wise said on This Morning that he had always had faith.

"I grew up in a religious family, got baptised and went to Sunday school as a kid," he said.

“I prayed my way into Big Brother.

"I was asking God, 'Can you please just get me into the Big Brother house?' I also went on holiday to Ireland and I kissed the Blarney Stone as well, and asked, ‘Can I go into Big Brother please?'"

Tony Discipline

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 18:  Tony Discipline attends the UK Premiere of G.I. Joe: Retaliation at Empire Leicester Square on March 18, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart Wilson/Getty Images)
Tony Discipline attends the premiere of G.I. Joe: Retaliation in 2013. (Stuart Wilson/Getty Images)

Discipline made his name in EastEnders, playing Alfie Moon’s cousin Tyler from 2011 to 2013.

However, a few years later he changed things up and trained as a firefighter.

The former Albert Square star has been quoted as saying that he signed up because he wanted to do something to help the community.

And he regularly shares photos on Instagram showing him in his London Fire Brigade uniform.

Charlie Clements

LONDON - MAY 03:  Lacey Turner and Charlie Clements arrive for the British Soap Awards 2008 at BBC Television Centre on May 3, 2008 in London, England.  (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
Lacey Turner and Charlie Clements arrive for the British Soap Awards 2008. (Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

Former EastEnders star Charlie Clements worked as a chef in a garden centre during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Bradley Branning actor told Metro: "I’d always enjoyed cooking so I applied and they took me on. I was thrown in at the deep end. It was hard work but I’ve enjoyed it.”

When the eating area was closed because of COVID restrictions he also worked in the plant department there.

Jason Manford

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 06:  Jason Manford on stage at The National Lottery's Big Bash to celebrate 2022's entertainment packed year at OVO Arena Wembley on December 06, 2022 in London, England. Coming to ITV and ITVX on 31st December. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images for The National Lottery)
Jason Manford worked as a driver. (Getty Images for The National Lottery)

Manford also tried something new during the pandemic, getting a job driving OAPs to their medical appointments.

The comedian initially applied for a supermarket position as many stores struggled to meet increased demand from shoppers.

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He didn’t get the job but managed to do his bit anyway by helping out with elderly patients.

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